Vice President Joe Biden cast his ballot for himself in Delaware Tuesday morning shortly after polls in the state opened in the state, but maybe not for the last time.
“Is this the last time you will vote for yourself?” reporters asked the vice president when he was finished. Grinning, he replied, “No, I don’t think so.”
Biden encouraged voters to stand in line as long as necessary to cast their ballots, adding, “Oh, I’m feeling pretty good,” about his and President Barack Obama’s chances today.
The full pool report from the LA Times’ Michael Memoli is below:
Voters are voting in Delaware, and VPOTUS is now among them.
Pool assembled at Alexis I. duPont High School (Home of the Tigers) in Greenville, Delaware, VP’s polling place. It’s a different polling place than where he voted in 2008, a change brought about because of redistricting, pool was told.
VPOTUS arrived at 7:04 a.m., and entered the school holding the hand of granddaughter, Natalie (of Casper the Ghost fame from the stump speech). Dr. Jill Biden, Atty. Gen. Beau Biden and Hallie Biden accompanied. VP wearing overcoat and blue tie with white diagonal stripes.
VP wished good morning to the pool. Gregory F. Lavelle, the Republican nominee for state Senate, was out front of the school greeting voters and also said hello to the VP. Beau walked over to shake his hand.
Pool then moved via side entrance into the voting room, which looks like it is usually a band room and has trophies lining shelves around the room. About three dozen voters, possibly more, had arrived and were waiting in line ahead of the VP and his family.
As he waited, the VP chatted with a woman in line ahead of him and also shook hands with an older gentleman behind and the occasional passerby.
At one point the VP looked over to the pool and pointed at the trophies: “Best band in the state!” he said. Said inaugural parade too.
“Sorry you had to wait in line,” a poll worker said to VP as he drew nearer to the registration table. “Oh, stop!” he responded. Woman in front said, “I offered him my spot!”
After an 11-minute wait, he signed in and then waited for a turn at the booth.
“I hope you all voted at home,” he said to the pool.
There were three voting booths; VP used the middle one. “Now voting, Joe Biden,” announced the worker manning his booth. He was in no longer than 20 seconds.
After emerging he walked back to his family, still waiting in line. He leaned down to his granddaughter and said something to the effect of, don’t forget to vote for me. “I’m not supposed to be campaigning” in here, he joked.
Pool then went outside for the departure. VP emerged shortly after, family in tow. He walked toward the pen.
“Hey, guys. Thanks for coming to Delaware. Now y’all voted, right?” Pooler indicated no. “We’ve got to get you home, man.”
Pool asked VP if he was nostalgic at all, 40 years after he first voted for himself for Senate.
“I tell you what, you know, every time I do it — this is the eighth time that I’ve run statewide in the state of Delaware. It’s always a kick, it really is, to see people out here. I hope everybody exercises their right to vote. It’s a great honor. And people who are standing in line in a lot of places, I encourage you to stand in line as long as you have to.”
“Oh, I’m feeling pretty good.”
Is this the last time you will vote for yourself?
“No, I don’t think so,” he said with a grin.
VP then shook a few more hands and got in the motorcade. Cars rolled out at 7:23 a.m.
Pool returning to our hotel.
Here is the order on the ballot, with the Democratic column first, from left to right:
President and Vice President
Rep. In Congress
State Senator - District 4
State Rep - District 12
Clerk of the Peace
President of the County Council
VP’s name listed as “Joe Biden.”
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